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How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library

How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library
The odds are good that the US women’s gymnastics team will succeed today (Aug. 9) at defending their Olympic team title, starting at 3pm ET, with television viewing starting at 8pm in the US on NBC. The team finished qualifiers nearly 10 points ahead of second place China over the weekend. And while those scores will be scrapped during the finals, Team USA will certainly look to meet or top its performance. With a stacked team including Simone Biles, whose challenging routines are untouchable on the vault, floor, and beam, and four other talented gymnasts who are favored to win top scores in each event as well as a shaky start from rivals China and Russia, winning looks very plausible. Simone Biles floored audiences during the qualifiers over the weekend. The 19-year-old, who could leave Rio with five of the six gold medals awarded in women’s gymnastics, earned top scores in three out of the four Olympic events. “It dramatizes obsessive determination,” O’Rourke wrote last month.

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Embroidered Car Doors New to me, these embroidered car doors by Lithuanian textile artist Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene who has an enormous body of work involving stitched objects including bowls, irons, lamps and much more. Photos via OutsaPop. (via yellowtrace) MoMA Public Domain Images Open Access Policy The Metropolitan Museum of Art creates, organizes, and disseminates a broad range of digital images and data that document the rich history of the Museum, its collection, exhibitions, events, people, and activities. Images of artworks in the Museum's collection fall into two categories: images of works the Museum believes to be in the public domain, or those to which the Museum waives any copyright it might have images of works the Museum knows to be under copyright or other restrictions On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of this website.

Illustrator Creates New Fashion Cut-Outs to Turn Any Landscape into Clever Clothing Designs Jordan-based illustrator Shamekh Al-Bluwi continues to combine his love of architecture with fashion through his clever cut-out series. "I always used to sketch ladies and dress them with interesting patterns and cityscapes," he told The Creators Project. Shamekh's clever and inspiring project involves a series of drawings of women with their dress designs cut out. The illustrator holds the cut-outs up against the world around him.

Hundreds of Vibrant Doors Found Within Lithuania’s “Garage Towns” Photographed by Agne Gintalaite Lithuanian artist Agne Gintalaite has always been attracted to the “garage towns” of her native Lithuania—large areas filled with storage units for cars that were terribly inconvenient and often bus rides away from the owners’ homes. In her series Beauty Remains, Gintalaite explores the multitude of garage doors she has discovered on her explorations, the brightly colored wooden and metal doors that look as if time has tried to claw them to pieces, yet their vibrancy withstands each passing year. Her project began after a recent trip to IKEA revealed a sprawling garage town near the megastore filled with hundreds of examples of these doors that outlasted the time when IKEAs were nowhere to be found. “By documenting these objects that are, most likely, about to disappear from Lithuanian society, I wished to communicate to the viewer the ambivalent, aesthetic, but also human significance of these garage doors,” said Gintalaite.

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix Earlier this week, Oxford’s Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday: We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.

The Guggenheim Puts Online 1600 Great Works of Modern Art from 575 Artists If you were to ask me in my callow years as a young art student to name my favorite painter, I would have answered without a moment’s hesitation: Wassily Kandinsky. His theoretical bent, his mysticism, his seemingly near total creative independence…. There were times when Kandinsky the thinker, writer, and teacher appealed to me even more than Kandinsky the painter. 20 Websites To Find Free High-Quality Images Chances are you’re pretty tired of seeing traditional stock photos of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are they bland and uninteresting, but they also cost money. The good news is that there has been a rise in great stock photo sites that you can use for free – yes, for both personal and commercial use.

The Dangerous Journey into the Gundestrup Cauldron 2 There was a time when, from Delphi temple to Altai tombs, cauldrons were not unusual to see. The Guldestrup cauldron is a unique witness of this last world. The Gundestrup cauldron itself does not tell us to be more than a large sacrifice bowl, whose main practical use was probably to gather the blood from a bull’s slaying, as we can see from the circular panel bottom on the left, which clearly designates a bull immolation. Artist Puts 1000s Of Glittering Gems On Floors, Walls, and People To Create Kaleidoscopic Mandala Art Suzan Drummen, an artist based in the Netherlands, creates expansive art installations that use thousands of tiny dazzling crystals and other shiny objects to create elaborate mandalas and textile designs. Amazingly, Drummen doesn’t use a pre-made plan to create her works. “I never have a plan. The specific site guides me,” she told Irenbrination. “I check the light, the route of the visitors, the colours, the height etc, on spot.

Stock Photography, Royalty-Free Photos, Video Footage & Music Introducing a hand-picked selection of the world's most powerful imagery Created by award-winning photographers and art directors, curated by our leading editors, and available for exclusive use. Visual trends research Discover the latest visual trends, strategy, and insights from our creative research team - and see how it applies in your campaigns. Read Curve now Singer Anna-Maria Hefele Presents a 6-Part Lesson on How to Sing Two Notes At Once (aka Polyphonic Overtone Singing) Last year we drew your attention to the video above from Munich-based singer Anna-Maria Hefele in which she gives us a stunning demonstration of polyphonic overtone singing. It’s a technique common to Tuva, Inuit, and Xhosa cultures but largely unfamiliar to us in Western music. Many readers pointed out that Hefele’s fine example of her technique did not in fact show us how to do it, only that it could be done in a variety of different, all equally impressive, ways. Well, today, we bring you a series of lessons Hefele has posted as a response to her first video’s popularity.

The 13 best places to download stock art online As a designer, you’ll often have a great concept for a project, but the cost of commissioning the illustrator will be beyond your or your client's budget. The idea of using stock art might seem off-putting, because there’s always a sense of diluting your creativity by using work not created specifically for the brief. But the good news is, these days online stock art sites are no longer limited to a handful of tired clichés, but a huge and eclectic variety of illustrations in various styles and sizes, by thousands of talented illustrators. There are many stock art sites out there, from larger companies where illustrations is only part of their offering, to smaller sites focusing purely on illustrators - anything from a tiny handful to a more extensive roster. Below is a list of some of the best and most popular sites for you to check out. We hope you find what you're looking for!

How Art Changes Consciousness With so much talk about the evidence of the positive effects of yoga and meditation, you might be surprised at what scientific research also says about how art effects the brain. Long before modern neuroscience, artists were creating works to inspire people and today complex brain imaging scans can show us just how art changes the physiology of our brains. Contemplation, observing, and taking in beauty all stimulate pleasure centers within the brain while increasing blood flow by up to 10% in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This can lead to an elevated state of consciousness, wellbeing, and better emotional health. The blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love. It tells us art induces a feel good sensation direct to the brain. – Professor Semir Zeki, chair in neuroaesthetics at University College London